It's true, man.
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Texas
Bikes: Cannondale T1000, Inbred SS 29er, Supercaliber 29er, Crescent Mark XX, Burley Rumba Tandem
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I also ride a 29er. I wore out a set of Nano's and I'm currently rolling 38mm Marathon Crosses on Delgados. The Crosses roll a bit better on pavement, but the Nano's ruled in gravel. When the gravel starts gettting looses gets loose, the Crosses tend to dig in, where the Nano's float a bit. They both have a max pressure of 60psi. The Nano's corner a bit better on pavement and much better in gravel. Both are a loose fit on Delgados - as in the tire will fall off the rim while you're mounting it. If you go with Nano's, know that there have been quite a few issues with the Kevlar-beaded ones, mine included. Steel bead is the real bead, for Nano's.
It's a bit of a push for the ride you're describing, but I've gotta give the advantage to the Nano's. Hope this helps. Where's your tour happening?